I love Amazon as much as the next guy. In fact, I probably love Amazon more than the next guy. It’s convenient, saves me money and has pretty much anything you could ever want for sale. Which is really helpful when you live in the boonies and don’t particularly enjoy driving over the mountains just to get to the store.
And I feel okay about buying necessities like baby formula and diapers, pantry staples, art supplies and, you know, books from Amazon.
But when it comes to things like jewelry, chocolate and coffee — the optional things in life — I try my best to purchase fair trade products that help someone build a business and support their family. (Okay, I still buy the chocolate from Amazon…)
And I love to purchase gifts thoughtfully too, something that the person will truly love and enjoy and, whenever possible, something that supports an artisan or business owner as well.
Enter the World Vision Gift Catalog.
While you can buy gifts for a family in need or give gifts in honor of a loved one through World Vision, they also have a selection of handcrafted gifts that provide money to the “where it’s needed most” fund to be distributed around the world.
Buying fair trade gifts lets you give multiple gifts at once: a gift for the friend or family member you’re purchasing for, a gift for the artisan who has been paid for the work and will continue to get work, and a gift for the people who benefit from the profit on the sale, in this case offering emergency relief assistance or help for an unforeseen need for a child, family, or community!
Their catalog isn’t huge, but it is thoughtfully stocked with beautiful, handcrafted gifts. Like this silver vines cuff, this handwoven Thai purse or this fair-trade coffee set, which includes a hand-sewn bag and hand-carved olivewood scoop.
And now for a giveaway!
This week, World Vision is giving one lucky winner an Artisan Multi-Colored Necklace!
This necklace is made of beautiful semi-precious stones and glass beads. Roughly 48” in length, the necklace can be worn long or short, as a bracelet or even as a belt. Donors who give $100 or more through the World Vision Gift Catalog can receive this necklace for themselves or a loved one when their contributions are made to the Where Most Needed fund, which supports programs in areas of greatest need.
To enter to win, please fill out the form below:
The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, 11/29. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well. Unfortunately, due to the international laws governing sweepstakes and lotteries, we’re only able to offer these giveaways to U.S. residents 18 years and older.
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